Rep. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) says the Democrat leadership has been trying to buy him off. Unlike Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, however, Stupak is definitely not for sale:
This shouldn’t be a bill where you use hush money … This isn’t an appropriations bill where you try to get the best projects for your state … We need to cut out those sweetheart deals.
Stupak’s main concern about Obamacare is the desire of the Democrat congressional leadership and the White House to have a provision allowing federal funding for abortions.
He was able to kill that effort in the House, and he says he’ll never support a bill that contains the Senate language Nelson accepted in what has become known as the “Nebraska Compromise.”
There cannot be, in any way, public funding for abortion … What the Nelson compromise does is recognize abortion for the first time as a benefit in a federal health plan. It mandates that at least one plan has abortion coverage. Those are drastic changes to the current law.
Stupak is, predictably, getting a lot of pressure from the White House as well. They badly want to shut him up about the abortion-funding provision in the Senate “reform” bill:
They think I shouldn’t be expressing my views until they get a chance to sell me the language … Well, I don’t need anyone to sell me the language. I can read it. I’ve seen it.
If Diogenes were alive today, and looking for that elusive honest man, Washington would not be a promising place to search. Nonetheless, it may well be that Bart Stupak is his guy.